Online Blackjack is loved and played by many in Australia. It's fast paced with a lot of strategy and skill involved. It's not one of those card games of pure luck or chance – that means you need to know what you're doing if you really want to win big while playing online blackjack!
History of Black Jack
There is a debate as to where the game was invented - in Italy, France or Spain. One thing is certain: the French really took the game all the way and popularized it. They were the first country to play 21 blackjack at their casinos.
Where did blackjack get its name? It came from the simple fact that the best hand is made by hitting twenty one using two cards: the Jack of spades and the Ace. In modern times, the rule has been adjusted a little so that a "black jack" includes any two-card combinations equalling twenty one.
In the 1800s blackjack made its way to the United States. Unlike other countries around the world, it did not receive great interest from players. The casinos had to devise a way to make the game more appealing to players. In those times, most of the high rollers chose to spend their money on poker or on craps. Casinos started to make the whole gameplay more appealing by making a rule that if you picked an Ace and Jack of spades as your first two cards, then you would get a 10-1 payout. This means you'll win large sums of money if you get these two cards – which is a great deal that no other game could offer. This is really what helped black jack in becoming the popular game it is today. Cinema made its part too, dedicating its famous scenes and whole movies to black jack. Moreover, many Hollywood stars are well known lovers of this card game.
How to Play 21 Blackjack
Blackjack is one of the most accessible options on the casino floor due to its straightforward rules, mix of luck and strategy, and the low house edge. The object of the game is to get closer to 21 than the dealer without going over. This is done by either choosing to “Hit” and receive an additional card, or choosing to “Stay” to make your final hand. Number cards are worth their face value, face cards are worth ten, and the Ace is worth one or eleven. Standard wins result in the standard 1 to 1 payout. If your first two cards equal 21 points, this is known as a Blackjack, and the play receives a 3 to 2 payout depending on the variation.
Players also have the option to Double Down and Split. When you’re dealt your first two cards, you can choose to Double Down, receiving one additional card to make your final hand, and doubling your wager in the hopes of doubling your win. If you’re dealt two cards equal in value, you can choose to Split them into two separate hands. An additional wager equal to the original is required to cover the additional hand, and each hand can win against the dealer individually.
Online Blackjack Variations
As aforementioned, the game has really evolved since it was first created and many variations became popular in different parts of the world. Now, instead of simply playing "blackjack", players may choose from many variations of the game to best suit their needs. Get started playing the online blackjack game of your choice when you open your real money account. Simply choose your game, place your bets, and keep your fingers crossed for that lucky twenty one! These are some of the most popular variations that Casino Midas offers to its Australian players both in downloadable and flash version:
- Traditional - Traditional Blackjack follows the standard rules of the game. There are no special bonus payouts, the Dealer cards are dealt one face-up and one facedown, and all the cards are in the deck.
- Pontoon - In Pontoon, both Dealer cards are dealt facedown. A Pontoon hand is the same as a 21 Blackjack, and results in a 2 to 1 payout. A 5-card hand pays out 2 to 1 as well. Players must hit on a 14 or less, and the Dealer wins all ties. You can also hit after you Double Down.
- Super 21 - In Super 21, a Black Jack results in a 1 to 1 payout, the player can surrender at any time, and you can Double Down at any time. However, double downs do not apply to the bonus hands, with 2 to 1 payouts for five- and six-card hands, and six-card hands are an automatic win!
- Face Up 21 - In Face Up 21, both of the Dealer’s cards are dealt face-up. Due to this enormous advantage to the player, special rules apply, such as being limited to doubling on two-card hard totals of 9, 10, or 11. Blackjack also pays out even money.
- Match Play 21 - Match Play 21 takes the bonus payout concept to new heights. While there are no 10-cards in the deck, giving the house an extra edge, the bonus payouts of 2 to 1, 3 to 1, and even 40 to 1 for certain card-combinations make it one of the most exciting variations of any game in our lobby.
- Perfect Pairs - Perfect Pairs offers the same rules as traditional Blackjack, but give the player the option to place a side bet. If there is a pair of the same card in different colours, it pays out 6 to 1. If it’s the same card in the same colour, the payout is 12 to 1, and if it’s the same card in the same suit, the payout is 25 to 1!